My Worst Nightmare: Tal, Israel

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Tal, Israel   “My worst nightmare is being on a plane, crashing in the middle of the ocean and surviving, being alone in the middle of the ocean. Not finding your way out, just being there. Time goes by, and I’m just there with nothing to do except float. If you’re crashing and you’re dead, you’re dead it’s over but if you survive, it’s just now it’s just existing. I don’t even mean the sharks and things happening and the big waves and stones, sure that’s scary, but mainly the loneliness of just floating in the middle of the ocean, not knowing where you are or if anyone will ever come.”   Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question or theme...

My Worst Nightmare: Joe, Britain

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Joe, Britain “I had a recurring nightmare when I was a kid. It was that I was falling down a bottomless hole and being chased by a giant leaf. I used to call out in my sleep “I’m afraid of the giant leaf! I’m afraid of the giant leaf!” And I was, I was terrified I used to wake up in a cold sweat and crying, but I was young you know, 8, 9, 10 maybe. I’m not sure there’s not much meaning you can put on that, maybe it was a premonition about an environmental disaster? But I don’t like interpreting dreams.”   Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question or theme a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate...

My Worst Nightmare: Stefano, Venezuela

February‘s theme for Voices of Berlin is My Worst Nightmare.   Stefano, Venezuela “The first thing I thought of when you said worst nightmare is being buried alive. I have a terrible fear of that. I remember I saw a movie, I can’t remember the name, it could have been a show actually, but the guy was buried inside a coffin and he was trying to get out. It just scarred me for life… especially when I have to be inside anything confined. I was in this thing called the Tactile Dome and it was a kind of maze in the dark, and you were in there for 25 minutes going through little tunnels and slides and touching everything around you and it was completely dark. I almost went – I almost had a little, tiny panic attack but I didn’t. I’m a little bit claustrophobic but anyway, I just took a...

My Worst Nightmare: Mary, Ireland

Voices of Berlin is Berlin Untelevised‘s monthly Lives project. This project is to show the connection behind real lives within this both crazy and wonderful city by asking it’s many residents one question a month. Our ultimate goal is to curate a collection of accounts on many topics, ending each month with an abstract poem created through that month’s selection of responses and, thus, transform Berlin into a poet.  February‘s theme is My Worst Nightmare.   Mary, Ireland “So I had this recurring nightmare as a child. My dad was always really into music but it was always my mum that took me to this concert in my dream… which is weird cause it was always my dad that did that kind of stuff. She knew the band so we would go backstage and we got separated somehow, they would take me into one room and take her into another room. Then, I would come back into this...

Esther Heller – “Ipomoea Alba” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Bard Baitman – “Makeout” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Candice Nembhard – “Ginger Me Slowly” | Domicilium

Candice Nembhard had a lot to say when she hit the Domicilium stage fresh off of a hiatus from performing. She dropped bars, sang songs, and won the audience over with her smoothly delivered sass. Find Candice on Insta and Facebook Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Lilium ‘Stargazer'” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Bard Baitman – “Not Yet” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Candice Nembhard – “Jealousy” | Domicilium

Candice Nembhard had a lot to say when she hit the Domicilium stage fresh off of a hiatus from performing. She dropped bars, sang songs, and won the audience over with her smoothly delivered sass. Find Candice on Insta and Facebook Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Echinopsis” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

How I Stay Alive: The Poem | Voices of Berlin – January

You come into existence, your brain comes online, you become a functioning unit then you’re like… the fuck? Today is the best day of your life… Just in a dream. Wow, this is a bit of a tightrope we all live on. I’ve thought many times about suicide… This repetitive, mind-numbing, soul-killing experience… I keep goin’ on, I dunno. I found little tricks, little things to do and really nothing helped. I didn’t want to ask anybody for help. It’s always work a day here, work a day there. There’s the sketchier, I-need-rent, Craigslist segment. Let’s go out every night and get fucking wrecked I don’t do ketamine so I really don’t fit in A foot fetish job, then… Can you translate my book? I keep reminding myself of my own self-worth. What’s going to keep me happy? It’s useless to protect people- the worst thing you can do to...

Bard Baitman – “Pacman of Sensory Stimuli” | Domicilium

Bard’s set of existentialist musings was rich with intimacy and insight. Addressing everything from the insignificance of the human life to the proper way to give a caring hug, he had the audience captivated from the first moments he stepped on stage. Bard’s work can be found on his website, and he’s also got a Facebook you can check out Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Aquarium” | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website . Camera: Sanna Kartau, who writes and edits the Berlin Blog. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Esther Heller – “Golden Glitter” & “Uses of the Erotic” by Audre Lorde | Domicilium

Esther Heller came through to Domicilium in December to say farewell for now to Berlin. After getting into the Creative Writing program at Oxford, Esther has had to move to England to further hone her artistic skills. Her special multi-media set was a pleasure both to host and witness. You can find Esther’s work on her website.   Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found on his website. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

Elijah Elpenor – “Automatic” | Domicilium

Elijah Elpenor has been working on a series of automatically composed essays. His performance at Domicilium consisted of excerpts from a larger collection of these works. Camera: Marc Seestaedt, whose work can be found on his website. Thanks so much for checking out this performance. We are constantly trying to improve. With the help of people like you, we can do so even faster. Support us by joining our Patreon.

“Joan Is My Mother’s Name” – Craig Teatime

The night of our life, And the home that could be, It’s mostly just a room, With enough beds for a group of sleazy English lads, Or the accounting department catching a weekend off, To quench that age-old ambition Of a weekend bender abroad.   Ha-ha, see – It’s less of an apartment and more of a factory, Our Airbnb. I’ve heard of the Czech spring rising — Until the tanks closed in on those soft children And the Vltava was stripped of all its blue, Closing tight and killing any chance of life, The way that those who can close, do. Yet still for us, This is Prague in autumn, The music from the greasy bar rising up to the window sill that’s Broken and doesn’t close, Mind the shower’s cracked tray, Skin oils cold on bed clothes. The host knows, But what’s there to say – it was...

Hamza Beg – “I Lost My Phone Somewhere” | Domicilium

Every second Tuesday of the month, we host Domicilium, an event which offers space to artists and encourages them to share the universe in which their art exists. The audience shares a deeply personal experience with each individual artist. The sets are full of emotion and driven by the dedication each artist has for their craft. Our incredible videographer, Sara Herrlander, does an exceptional job capturing the intimacy of the space. Hamza Beg chose to perform an extended poetic set entitled “I Lost My Phone Somewhere” when he featured at Domicilium. Thanks for watching. Subscribe to us on Youtube! Find more of Hamza Beg at https://hamzabeg.bandcamp.com/

Love & Tolerance by Yansn (Live on The DubTalk)

YANSN straight blew us away when we invited her to the studio for November’s episode of The DubTalk. She’s a multilingual, multi-talented MC and Producer based in Berlin. Luckily, we had our newest members of the crew, Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter, in the K12 to capture her essence in moving picture. Find YANSN at https://www.facebook.com/daYansn/ or http://www.yansn.de/. Shot by Kyle Ferguson and Jo Winter. Edited by Kyle Ferguson.

The DubTalk ft. Babiche Papaya

The penultimate episode of the final season features yet another multi-talented and socially active being, and she goes by the name of Babiche Papaya. At her request, we opened up the episode with a lengthy freestyle cypher session. Right away, we noticed how unique and witty her freestyle swagger is. She was whipping out lines that were totally off the wall and unexpected, which had us doubled over with laughter. Once we’d rapped ourselves into a frenzy, we finally introduced ourselves to each other and got to talking about serious shit. We wanted to understand how she perceived the Berlin hip hop scene as a woman and an immigrant from Rwanda. Although she speaks fluent German and has such an incredible flow, she was often discouraged by male MC’s treating her as an outsider and questioning her skill even when it was on clear display before them. Throughout the episode,...

The DubTalk ft. Emeka Ene

In the time since this episode was first aired, Emeka has let poetry fall to the side in favor of dance and performance art. Nowadays, he’s using his physical form to express the eccentricities of his mad soul. You can still find him at Curious Fox though. Every first Tuesday of the month, Emeka materializes from the ether to foster a the poetry of others.

The DubTalk ft. Marcus O’Shea

Marcus O’Shea was our honorable guest for the second venture into our DubTalk experimentation. A performance poet of the highest order, Marcus’s  fascination with language and his propensity for building fantastic characters and environments in his writing allows him to lure audiences into his world in order to enlighten them with insights into the human condition. Our interview with Marcus went exceptionally well, largely due to Marcus’s immediate comfort with the Dub Talk format. Many artists find it difficult to spring straight into the studio and be asked to improvise and be wacky, but Marcus did not shy away from our antics. From start to finish, Marcus brought excellence. He performed his pieces “Advice for Returning Astronauts”, Transmissions from the North”, and “His Silences” for us before whipping out an epic tale of female wrestling set in an alternative universe in which wrestling is more than showboating, it’s deadly. Marcus...